News (December 2018)

Best Wishes for Christmas and New Year

Best Wishes for Christmas and New Year

Posted on 19th December 2018

We wish all our members, businesses, companies, readers and friends all the very best for a Happy Christmas and a successful and enjoyable New Year in 2019 ... read more

2018 for the BHBPA

2018 for the BHBPA

Posted on 19th December 2018

It has been another successful year for the BHBPA. Membership has remained solid at around 175, with 19  companies leaving and roughly the same number leaving for one reason or another. Numbers turning up to monthly events have been higher this year than in many years before, and this suggests that networking meetings are what business people want and at times which suit them best. In the early part of the year we met at Hickstead Hotel, Keymer Double... read more

Virtual Bike Ride for Hospice

Virtual Bike Ride for Hospice

Posted on 19th December 2018

New for 2019 a Virtual Bike Ride   We are delighted to announce that we have just launched our Virtual Bike Ride– a challenge for people who want to race at their own pace.   Throughout February we are asking supporters to join us in cycling the equivalent distance from the hospice to the Eiffel tower, pedalling 123 miles in 28 days without leaving Sussex. You can cycle to work, through the countryside, on an exercise bike or pop into... read more

Bio Helps with Hampers

Bio Helps with Hampers

Posted on 13th December 2018

Eco-Friendly Company Fills Hampers As Well As Bottles this Christmas Bio Productions, Burgess Hill based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products is no stranger to getting its hands dirty when it comes to charity events and community initiatives.  Earlier this month, HR Manager, Sara Gibb, assisted with the Burgess Hill Christmas Hamper Project on behalf of her employer.   Sara said, “I can’t believe how much hard work... read more

Drinks at The Woolpack

Drinks at The Woolpack

Posted on 13th December 2018

Last Tuesday evening all BHBPA members and friends were invited to the Woolpack Inn for a small, early Christmas celebration, and to network with like-minded people for an hour or two without the normal pressures of work. During the three hours that I was there, around 35 people popped in to say hello and give good wishes for the festive season. Some were regulars, those we depend upon to support us on most events, but there were others whom we rarely... read more

Free Taster Days at Rapid Results

Free Taster Days at Rapid Results

Posted on 12th December 2018

If you are struggling to fit exercise into your week, Rapid Results Personal Training are here to help. A shorter, faster, more efficient workout solution is available now in Burgess Hill. These 45 minute, high energy workouts are available just a short walk away from the business parks. Launching in January, these personally tailored, safe and efficient exercise sessions will leave you looking and feeling great. No boring gym programmes and no pre-choreographed... read more

Fashion Show at Buxted Park Hotel

Fashion Show at Buxted Park Hotel

Posted on 12th December 2018

On 31st January 2019, from 7pm at Buxted Park Hotel An exciting evening of fashion and fun by Travelling Trends.  For tickets contact streetaid@outlook.com or phone 07786 910386 Ticket price = £6 – must be bought in advance. A Ladies Night Out with a difference. As well as a Live Catwalk Show, there will be time to try on and buy this season’s High Street and Branded fashions – ALL AT BARGAIN PRICES! All profits will go to StreetAid,... read more

Cricket Club News

Cricket Club News

Posted on 12th December 2018

A truly remarkable year for Burgess Hill Cricket Club draws to a close following the award of the Active Sussex ‘Club of the Year’ trophy. Now our attention turns to more fundamental matters – fund raising! a) Next Saturday, 15th December, Paul Elphick hosts a Family Christmas Quiz in the Pavilion starting at 7.30 pm. It is a quiz for all the family and provides an opportunity for everyone at the Club to get together before Christmas.... read more

Two Construction Projects

Two Construction Projects

Posted on 12th December 2018

Alliance chews over two very different construction projects   Property and real estate professionals have been sizing up two contrasting developments at the latest meeting of the Sussex Property Alliance, held at the Fontwell Park complex.   On the agenda was the Harwoods Group’s Land Rover and Bentley motor dealerships and head office relocation from Pulborough town centre to a greenfield area adjacent to the Brinsbury Campus of Chichester... read more

Businesses – Support a Local Charity!

Businesses – Support a Local Charity!

Posted on 12th December 2018

Here at MSVA we always do an office Secret Santa. This year it was suggested that we do  something charitable with our £5.00 that we usually put into Secret Santa rather than buying a present. We decided on a local  charity that supports homeless people as this is very much on our hearts  at this time of year. Along with our colleagues from  Sussex Oakleaf, we have also been supporting the King’s Church Hamper Project  which will provide people ... read more

Donate to Hospice

Donate to Hospice

Posted on 6th December 2018

By donating to the hospice in lieu of Christmas Cards your company could help make a real difference to St Peter & St James  Hospice, helping us to continue to provide expert and               compassionate hospice care to adults living with terminal illness in the   local area. It couldn’t be simpler I can arrange for a collecting pot to be put in your business or you can simply text  your   donation  – CORP18£?... read more

Rail News – Brighton Mainline

Rail News – Brighton Mainline

Posted on 6th December 2018

Dear Stakeholder, Last weekend, we completed the last of the work for 2018 on the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project. Preparatory work is progressing well ahead of the 9-day line closure in February 2019. Since our last update, the following work has been completed: • Balcombe Tunnel Junction – New signal bases were constructed and the site is now substantially prepped for the February work with all track panels delivered and dispersed trackside. •... read more

Support for Gatwick Master Plan

Support for Gatwick Master Plan

Posted on 6th December 2018

As a selection of many business organisations and individual companies, employing hundreds of thousands of people throughout London, the South East and beyond, we are writing to offer our firm support for the growth opportunities outlined in Gatwick Airport’s latest Master Plan. Gatwick is a linchpin of the regional economy and a significant national asset, contributing over £5bn to UK GDP, delivering 24,000 jobs at the airport and supporting a... read more

New Year Goals

New Year Goals

Posted on 6th December 2018

Remember to make your goals appealing As we hurtle towards the Christmas period, many people will use the festive break to reflect on what goals they’ll pursue in the New Year. Many will have heard of the SMART acronym for goal setting, but what does the A stand for? Effective goals are about choices, and choice is about what we want – all things considered! Read more here about goals, and remember to add ‘appeal’ to your reflections on what... read more

Apprentices Celebrate Success

Apprentices Celebrate Success

Posted on 6th December 2018

Apprentices celebrate success Over seventy newly qualified plumbers, gas engineers and electricians from Burgess Hill’s Steve Willis Training Centres were joined by their families and employers at the 2018 Apprenticeship Graduation Evening this week. Held at the Kings Centre, it was a chance to celebrate their hard work and to mark the completion of their gas, plumbing and electrical apprenticeships with the presentation of certificates and several... read more

Young Artisan of the Year

Young Artisan of the Year

Posted on 4th December 2018

Sponsorships wanted for this prestigious award competition… The Young Artisan of the Year Competition (YAY)  will be in its 33rd year in 2019.  The work produced by these young people is amazing and as the organisers we would like to attract more sponsorship if possible.  Last year over 10,000 people came into the marquee to see their work; it is always a great attraction at the show. Details of the competition are here The brochure for the... read more

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Testimonials

"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."

The Hon Nicholas Soames MP

"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"

Bruce Millington, Manager
(Sutton Winson Ltd)